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80                              LETTERS   FROM   THE

England. But all is quiet now, and I hope will
remain so. The people are in high good-humour
since the royal family came to the Tuileries, It
was, perhaps, natural that the Parisians should
be jealous of the predilection of their sovereigns
for Versailles.

The King's acceptance of the constitution, and
in no respect whatever doing anything to displease
or disgust them, seems to have had a very salutary
effect; and can one regret the abuses and injustice
of the despotic and immoral Court of Louis Quinze
being put an end to?

When I had obtained my passports for myself
and maid, I asked to take leave of the Queen, and
the interview was granted, which is a great favour,
for she sees no one. She received me graciously,
even kindly, and the manner in which she spoke
of my son was calculated to set my heart at ease
concerning him. She wished me every happiness.
" Vous allez dans votre heureuse famille," said she,
"dans un pays tranquille, oft la calomnie et la
cruaut6 ne vous poursuivront pas! Je dois vous
porter envie."

I ventured a few words of consolation, hinting
that times were now improving, and that her
popularity and happiness would be restored. She
shook her head. We were alone. I know not